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December 24, 2012News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Critic: NRA's claims about TV violence ignore the facts
    The National Rifle Association's attempt to blame the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., on violence in media is "disingenuous" at best and ignorant of the facts, David Zurawik writes. Zurawik, who is a longtime teacher of a university-level course on children and television, writes that "you cannot show any direct cause and effect between violence on the screen and violence in real life. You can't. Let's, at least, accept that fact before we start trashing media companies and calling for censorship." The Baltimore Sun/Z on TV blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Temporary ban sought on TV spots for violent video games, movies: Appealing to sports programmers, the NBA and the NFL, Common Sense Media is asking that promotions for violent video games and movies be pulled from TV sports broadcasts in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting. "We've surfaced this issue a couple of times in the past. ... Our impetus this time relates to the conversation that is happening nationwide," said Crista Sumanik, a spokeswoman for the group. Broadcasting & Cable (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Kerry's move opens up top slot on communications panel
    The nomination and likely confirmation of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as secretary of state means the chairmanship of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee's communications subcommittee will be open. If Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., pursues and gains Kerry's Senate seat, there could likewise be an opening on the House Energy and Commerce Committee's communications subcommittee. Broadcasting & Cable (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Beleaguered journalism industry could get a boost from FCC
    The struggling U.S. news industry could get a welcome shot in the arm if the Federal Communications Commission eases up on its cross-ownership rules, broadcasters say. "Ownership restrictions, if they were loosened to a degree, would allow good journalism through the broadcast medium and also be helpful to the newspaper industry," said Gordon Smith, NAB's president and CEO. The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Group: 67 journalists were killed doing their jobs this year
    At least 67 journalists have lost their lives covering global conflicts this year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. "There've been years when we've had higher numbers of journalists killed, but the combination of near-record fatalities and record journalists imprisoned -- put those together and you have to acknowledge that this is one of the worst years on record," said Joel Simon, the group's executive director. NBC News/World News blog (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TV spot rates extend favorable trend
    This year has seen an extension of the recent trend of flat or rising broadcast network TV commercial costs. Third-quarter costs for commercial units were "virtually the same as 2011," writes Wayne Friedman. "TargetCast says this makes 10 consecutive quarters in which broadcast network unit costs were either up or virtually flat, which comes after the economic recession, declining broadcast ratings and the growth of cable," he adds. MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are microtargeted ads the future of broadcast?
    Sinclair Broadcast Group believes the platform's future ad success hinges on its ability to use so-called addressable ads, and it has started making access to such technology a provision in its retransmission-consent agreements, according to CEO David Smith. The NAB is exploring "the pros and cons of microtargeting" to determine if it should become a priority. Broadcasting & Cable (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NAB membership: With one voice, we are stronger
    As broadcasters' voice in the nation's capital, NAB fights for policies that preserve and strengthen free, local broadcasting. Our success as an industry is not possible without the engagement and unity of our members. With ONE VOICE, we are stronger. Learn about NAB benefits. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home."
--Edith Sitwell,
British poet and critic

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